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ERIC Number: EJ1129261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
The Italian Job: Reforming a Beginners' Italian Curriculum at University Level
Absalom, Matthew
Babel, v47 n3 p28-36 2012
In 2008, the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne embarked upon a major overhaul of curriculum in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese in the Asia Institute; and French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish in the School of Languages and Linguistics. This article details the changes to the beginners' Italian curriculum outlining some of the pressures which necessitated the Language Curriculum Reform (LCR), as it came to be known. The LCR provided an ideal opportunity to reengage with language and culture resulting in a curriculum that integrates language and culture in an intercultural framework. It also allowed critical reflection on approaches to teaching and learning, and the revisiting and recasting of past practices.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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